I'm new to japanese and I'm having a hard time trying to figure what "彼女のいう天使に見え" means.

I don't know if the correct interpretation is either "She looked like an angel" or "She saw an angel". I'm not sure how ni particle is working here :/

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Any help will be appreciated, thanks in advance!

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    Source appears to be from Dark Souls III. 'The Queen's holy maiden Gertrude was visited by an angel, who revealed this tale to her.'
    – BJCUAI
    Commented Feb 15, 2019 at 16:02

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Yes, I think your guess is correct :) Both can be true but in this context latter interpretation sounds more probable.

In normal Japanese に見える(ni mieru) would mean by 99% chance “she looks like...” but in literal, a bit old-fashioned Japanese に 見える(ni mamieru) means to meet someone.

Therefore the interpretation of the sentence would be, “Gertrud, who was a sacred woman (?) of the Queen, met what she calls an angel, and came to know the story.”

The sentence is very vague and hard to understand, maybe it is intended that this sentence makes us to think what it really means.

Related link: https://jisho.org/search/まみえる

  • Awesome, thank you! Now that you mention it, It makes me wonder why they omitted the る part in the sentence. It's like it would be 天使に見える instead of 天使に見え. Is る like a modifier of the verb or something like that? or they just forgot to write it up in the sentence? Commented Feb 15, 2019 at 16:33

見え is the continuative form (連用形) of the verb 見える.

The continuative form has several functions, one of which is to indicate that the continuative verb is relative to main verb. Therefore it is often used when the continuative verb is one action in a sequence of actions (or intuitions). You may be familiar with the how the te-form performs a similar function when listing a series of actions (i.e. V1~て、 ... V2~ました). So your example phrase could also be expressed using 天使に見えて. However, 見え is a little more formal sounding than 見えて, and thus is more likely to be used in written Japanese.

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